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Put God First

I can be holding onto Mammon; and despising, or in other words, thinking little of God's
ways of doing life and managing money; and I can be loyal to money, and disloyal to
God.
But it's actually not the money. It's not this. It's the spirit - that's the thing that gets you -
it's the spirit.
So would there be any evidences in your life if the spirit had hold of you? There'd be
heaps of them, because straight away Jesus said, in verse 25: “Don't be anxious”.
One of the first things that happens around money, is extreme anxiety and worry. If
you're having extreme anxiety and worry around finances, then you’re under the
influence of a spirit.
God has got no anxiety and worries to give you - He's got peace. He tells you what to
do about anxiety and worry: redirect your attention in certain ways.
Here's another one - I would think that one of the biggest evidences to me, that a
person is under the spirit of bondage to Mammon, is very simply this: they just can't
give. It just is impossible.
See, if I have some money in my hand here, here's the big question to ask: do I have
the money, or does the mone y have me? Who's holding who?
Now you see: if I'm holding the money, it's very simple - I'm able to then open it, and let
go of it, and give it someone - which I did before.
If the money's holding me, I think: “ooh, won't be enough”. I need a bit more. Can you
understand?
One of the greatest ways that you can tell if money's got a hold of you, is the ability to
give. I want to speak on another session, I want to talk about the whole issue of
Generosity; and also what you do that brings the blessing of God around your money.
So anxiety and fear, inability to give, a poverty mentality (there's not enough) - if you
continually live with this thinking dominating you - that I haven't got enough, I haven't
got enough, I haven't got enough, then you are under bondage to a spirit - absolutely.
Another evidence would be: Impulse Buying. If you find you just can't stop buying - you
are under the influence of that spirit. It's got control over you.
You're buying more than you can spend, more than you've got money. If you're in
bondage to debt, so that you're paying so much back in interest, you've got no ability to
do anything for God - this is a spirit. You're in bondage to a spirit. We need to find a way
out of that.
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